A Kwara based Islamic cleric, Jamiu Isiaka, has confessed that part of N30 million that him and his team fraudulently received from a South Korea business man, Keun Sig Kim, was spent on spiritual sacrifice performed on behalf of the foreigner.
He claimed he got vulture, elephant’s skin, elephant’s intestine, lion skull, gorilla’s liver, among others, there were used in preparing the sacrifice, from the money initially paid by Kim, for securing company’s licence from National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Isiaka, a 31-year-old man who reside in Ilorin, Kwara state, disclosed that the purposed of N30 million that was paid into his team’s account by the Korean man was diverted and that part of it were used to perform spiritual sacrifice for the man.
During an interrogation at Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) office on Friday, it was learnt that the cleric was arrested by agency for allegedly scamming the South Korean national of N30 million, the amount charged for securing company licence from the NNPC, for the foreigner.
It was said that Isiaka had been patronising himself as government officials, impersonating prominent public officials, including Group Managing Director of the NNP, Dr Maikanti Baru, and Special Adviser to President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Meanwhile, the Spokesman to EFCC, Tony Orilade, disclosed that the suspect, with others still at large, allegedly used names of senior government officials to scam Kim, under pretence of getting him NNPC’s licence that would enable him purchase a company.
Orilade claimed that the petitioner had paid over N30million into the suspect’s account as fee to get the license before discovering that it was scam.
Kim, narrating his ordeal, said that he made transfer of $4,285.071 into an account given to by Isiaka and that the same account had received money from him severally.
“I transferred $4,285.071 to the United Bank of Africa, account number 2107575870 in the name of one Jamiu Isiaka, an associate of Shola Adeshina. It is noteworthy that this account particulars have been provided severally for me to make transfer to.”
However, the EFCC informed that the suspect would be arraigned before\court while efforts are ongoing to nab the accomplices, still at large.